To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a night sky star map or chart for each month of the year. We also provide an audio guide of the month’s night sky, presented by one of Sydney Observatory astronomy experts. You can listen online, or download the audio onto your ipod or mp3 player. Links to the audio and the star map are below.
Geoff Wyatt, the Manager of Sydney Observatory, takes us on a tour of the March night sky, telling us where we can see particular stars, constellations and planets this month (Venus is especially bright). Topics range between Koori astronomy, Ptolemy, Greek mythology, how the dates for Easter are determined and what makes a star bright. Geoff also will invite you to consider whether the constellation of Corvus (the crow) looks more like a bird or a shopping trolley. Geoff’s vivid and humourous descriptions provide an entertaining guide across the night sky.
The free monthly night sky map shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. Each month’s chart is placed online at the end of the previous month. For much more information and detail in star charts for months from December 2007 until December 2008 inclusive, plus information about the Sun and twilight and the Moon and tides, and a host of other fascinating astronomical information, we recommend you purchase (only $16.95 and available now) the 2008 Australian sky guide by Sydney Observatory’s Dr Nick Lomb. Available online and at Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum shops.
The free monthly star maps are provided as PDF or portable document format files. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.
Read the transcript.